In the wake of Brendan Shanahan taking the Maple Leafs’ presidency, reports claim Shanny’s right-hand man in the player safety department, Stephane Quintal, is set to become the NHL’s new chief disciplinarian.
According to Montreal’s La Presse, Quintal will assume the role immediately. The former Boston, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Montreal, New York Rangers and Chicago defenseman was brought into the disciplinary department in 2011 under the Player Safety Manager role and, according to Sportsnet, will be overseen by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly while working with the existing disciplinary group that includes Patrick Burke and Brian Leetch.
Most recently, Quintal served on the Olympic disciplinary committee at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Update: The NHL has made the move official, per the following release…
At the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan immediately relinquished responsibility for overseeing the League’s Department of Player Safety upon accepting the position of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday afternoon.
Effective with Thursday night’s games and for the balance of the regular season and throughout the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stephane Quintal assumes the role of conducting hearings and administering supplementary discipline.
The National Hockey League has a first-rate and fully functional team of professionals staffed in the Player Safety Department that will continue to monitor all plays in all games and to flag plays that warrant review and potential discipline. There will be no change in the approach that has been established by the Department of Player Safety and the League will take all steps necessary to ensure a consistent standard of enforcement and application of discipline for the balance of this season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that Brendan Shanahan has joined their ranks as the team president and alternative governor.
Shanahan brings with him a wealth of experience after winning the Stanley Cup three times during his Hall of Fame career. He also won gold with Canada in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
More recently, Shanahan has been known for his work as the league’s top disciplinarian. A previous TSN report indicated that the NHL will likely tap Steph Quintal or Brian Leetch to fill the void left by Shanahan for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
With Shanahan taking over as president, it appears that Dave Nonis is staying on as general manager, although he will now work below Shanahan. It will take time to see how that dynamic will work and if Nonis’ influence has been significantly diminished by this change.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are wrapping up their third straight season that ended in some kind of collapse. The storied franchise has made the playoffs once in the salary cap era and seems far away from capturing the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967.
To hear Ryan Callahan explain it, he knew the possibility of playing somewhere other than New York was out there — he just never thought it’d come to fruition.
“Yeah, I wanted to stay there. I thought I was going to. The whole time in my head I never thought about getting traded or leaving at free agency time,” Callahan told New York’s WFAN Radio on Wednesday. “My goal was to get something done with New York.
“Unfortunately, it’s the part of the business that’s not fun.”
Callahan was flipped to Tampa Bay at last Wednesday’s deadline in exchange for Martin St. Louis, a blockbuster that marked the first captain-for-captain deal in trade deadline history. Reports claimed a rift between Rangers GM Glen Sather and Callahan’s camp regarding money and term on a new contract led to the deal — Callahan is a UFA at season’s end — but recent remarks suggest he always figured he’d stick around.
Callahan had worn the “C” in New York since inheriting it from Chris Drury at the start of the 2011-12 campaign, and it’s worth noting that serving as Rangers captain is serious business. Callahan was one of just five players to serve over the last 23 years, joining the likes of Drury, Mark Messier, Jaromir Jagr and Brian Leetch.
Because of that, it’s easy to see why Callahan thought he’d be a Ranger for years to come. At 28, he’d already spent his first seven NHL seasons in the Big Apple and endeared himself to fans with his gritty, hard-working style of play.
“Just from playing at the Garden, the fans there are just unbelievable; you know, how they treated me and how they accepted me,” Callahan explained. “I think the biggest thing always if the friends I’ve made, lifelong friends within the organization, teammates that I’ve played with.
“There’s a lot of good memories in New York and something I’ll miss.”
The banged-up Tampa Bay Lightning will be without two more regulars on Monday night.
Forward Ryan Malone and defenseman Radko Gudas are both out with injuries, head coach Jon Cooper announced this morning. That’s opened the door for AHL scoring sensation Nikita Kucherov to make his NHL debut, skating on a line with Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell.
Kucherov, the 58th overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has 24 points in 17 games for Syracuse this season and sits second in American League scoring, four back of league leader Travis Morin (28 points for Texas).
While it promises to be an exciting evening for Kucherov, the Lightning can’t be happy with the way things have unfolded in November. The club already lost leading scorer Steve Stamkos to a broken tibia and Keith Aulie to an upper-body ailment, and those came after Tom Pyatt suffered a broken collarbone and Brian Lee underwent knee surgery the month prior.
As for Malone and Gudas, the former has nine points in 23 games this year while the latter has six, but is averaging close to 20 minutes per game and has emerged as a physical stalwart on the Bolts’ blueline.
The NHL suspended big Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal two games for charging Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry:
Brian Leetch explains that Hanzal, 26, traveled quite a distance “with considerable speed” before “launching” into Petry’s head, driving it into the glass. Another factor was that Leetch believes Hanzal’s skate left the ice prior to making “significant contact” with Petry’s head.
Petry, 25, appeared to not be injured, which factored into the length of the suspension. On the other hand, Hanzal’s history as a repeat offender – he sat one game in the 2012 playoffs – hurt the Coyotes center’s cause.
Hanzal’s known for his tough, two-way play, yet he’s been on fire offensively lately. He has an impressive 11 points in 12 games with 33 shots on goal and one game-winning tally. Hanzal’s career high for points is just 35 back in 2007-08, so that mark is in his sights … even with this suspension.
Hanzal loses out on a hearty $75,609.76 in salary.